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7 Factors of Influence Women Leaders Should Master


There are several factors that can attribute to emerging as a leader. Here, we’ll detail out the seven factors highlighted in John Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.

1. Character – Who They Are
“True leadership always begins with the inner person.”3

The character of a leader will filter into the entire organization and its employees. Great character will create potential for a great organization. But, it all begins with the leader’s heart.

2. Relationships – Who They Know
“Build the right kinds of relationships with the right people, and you can become the real leader in an organization.”4

In your sphere of influence, you must develop deep, meaningful relationships that go beyond seeing someone daily because you simply work in the same office. Relationships grow loyalty, influence and ultimately the business.

3. Knowledge – What They Know
“Whenever I was new to an organization, I always spent a lot of...

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4 Things To Do When Participating in Someone's Important Event


Promotions, Weddings, Funerals, Workshops, Book Festivals, high school and college graduation ceremonies,  and etc..,

When invited to participate in someone's important event you should consider four things;

(1) The host; the vision, intent, reputation and character;

(2) Time; what time does the program start, how much time is your portion of the event and how early should you arrive and depart;

(3) Understand why you were selected to participate and play that role expertly

(4) Professionalism; coordinate any presentation details ahead of time, rehearse, take care of transportation, lodging and meals and take care of anything that could serve as a distraction

Much Love and Much Respect,



Angela M. Odom is a life and leadership coach, founder of The Better U Project brand, podcast host, proud Army veteran and the author of BRONCO STRONG: A Memoir of the Last Deployed Personnel Services Battalion  and Golom's Magical Gamers as well...

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3 Things To Do When Employees Want To Leave


Do you have an off boarding process? On today's episode of the recording of The Better U Leadership podcast, Author Angela M. Odom, you host, will share three things to do when your employees want to leave the organization.

1. Let them go; don't block them

2. Give them a reason to stay or to return

3. Treat them so well that they provide great reviews of your organization


Let them go; Don't block them from leaving

If you've conducted a stellar onboarding, treated them fairly and treated them with dignity and respect. don't attempt to talk them into staying.  Let them go.


The Four C’s

The Four C’s are a framework created by Tayla Bauer, author of Onboarding New Employees: Maximizing Success.

The purpose of the 4 C’s is to help managers get new hires everything they need to get started. Not only so they feel welcomed, but to prepare them for the job so they can start contributing as fast as possible.


Compliance means getting them...

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Are leaders still talking about COVID-19?


If you believe the news reports, COVID-19 is not as great threat to our way of life as it was in March 2020.  If you believe it. I don't!  

Leaders, this COVID-19 is still a big deal. Folks are still dying in the US and all over the world.  


COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
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The Basics of Leading Yourself


Life is filled with uncertainty. The only thing we can really control is how we lead ourselves. 

The four basic aspects of leading yourself are:

  1. Well being
  2. Vision
  3. Execution
  4. Productivity

 Much Love and Much Respect,



Angela M. Odom is a life and leadership coach, founder of The Better U Project brand, podcast host, proud Army veteran and the author of BRONCO STRONG: A Memoir of the Last Deployed Personnel Services Battalion and a contributing author to the book, "Camouflaged Sisters: Leadership Through The Eyes of Senior Military Women Leaders". 

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4 Steps Effective Leaders Take to Achieve Results


It takes more than goals to achieve results. During this episode of the Better U Leadership Podcast Angela will share the 4 steps leaders take to achieve results.

Step 1: Candidly assess your current situation

Step 2: Set a SMART goal

Step 3: Establish your objectives; so that you are able to measure whether you're achieving your goals effectively

Step 4: Strategy; Document your action steps for each objective. Know why you're going after this goal. 


Assess, Evaluate your progress. Adjust as necessary. Repeat

Have fun!

I'm rooting for you.

Angela, your life and leadership coach

P.S. You're invited to attend the book review and discussion of "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7 pm EST via Zoom

Get the reading guide for the Book Review and Discussion HERE



Angela M. Odom is a life and leadership coach, founder of The Better U Project brand, podcast host, proud Army veteran and the author of BRONCO...

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Define the Key Elements of Emotional Intelligence


What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional intelligence or EI is the capacity to be aware of, control and express one’s emotions and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.

Emotional intelligence is generally said to include at least three skills:

  1. Emotional awareness, or the ability to identify and name one’s own emotions;
  2. The ability to harness those emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and
  3. The ability to manage emotions, which includes both regulating one’s own emotions when necessary and helping others to do the same.

People with a high degree of emotional intelligence know what they're feeling, what their emotions mean, and how these emotions can affect other people.

For leaders, having emotional intelligence is essential for success. After all, who is more likely to succeed – a leader who shouts at his team when he's under stress, or a leader who stays in control, and calmly assesses the...

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Announcement -- Eight Steps to Grow Your Leadership Capacity in 100 Days


Hi all, Happy Tuesday! I hope the first few months of 2021 is going well so far.

I’m excited to announce that my private coaching program has enrollment slots open. I teach women in managerial and supervisory positions how to grow their skills and leadership capacity so that they earn more respect and increase their revenue.

My brand new coaching program is called Eight Steps to Grow Your Leadership Capacity in 100 Days!

 The Eight Steps to Grow Your Leadership Capacity in 100 Days is for you if:

  • You would like to advance your career but don’t know how to do it
  • You lack professional influence with your staff, clients or colleagues
  • Your customers, peers or employees have expressed dissatisfaction with you
  • You feel like a fraud; even though you have extensive experience in your career field
  • Your staff struggles with growth and improvement
  • You want more executive presence but don’t know how to achieve it 
  • You are afraid to be your authentic self because...
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Purpose Your Government Stimulus Monies


Don't spend it all in one place. Have you ever heard that? I say we change our mindset to spend on purpose. 

Millions of Americans are receiving at least $1,400 because the US Congress passed the American Rescue Plan last week and US President Joe Biden signed the bill into law. In addition to the direct payments

Driving around my small town, I noticed long lines at the grocery stores, liquor stores, and restaurants. It seems to be a lot of traffic in every direction as it is compared to the previous 12 months. 

Last week when the US Senate passed the bill and sent it back to the US House of Representatives. I sat quietly, opened my notebook and documented a list of financial items that needed my attention. 

Listen to the Better U Leadership Podcast episode #11


Six Steps to Take Before You Spend Your Government Stimulus Money

1. List items that need to be paid or addressed; housing, transportation, food, work related incidentals, and debts.


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Two Resources for Leadership Presence


At the Better U Project, we believe the words "Executive" and "Leadership" are used interchangeably when paired with the word "Presence". When you hear the term executive/leadership presence corporate executives, authors or thought leaders are often describing the same outcomes or observations. 

You may be have noticed people who can instantly compel you look at them and sometimes to listen to them. 

You could be a high performer, your coworkers and employees say you go out of your way to help the team, you spend countless hours preparing for meetings and projects, and are focused on moving up the corporate ladder. However, when it comes time for your performance evaluation your boss tells you to improve your presence. 

But at your last meeting with the executive team, your boss said “If you want to move into upper management, you need to improve your executive presence.” When you asked him to explain further, his reply was...

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